Shark mouth week! The stars aligned and several artists simultaneously produced skins with shark or monster mouths, mostly likely without any conscious collaboration or collusion. There are many possible explanations, but this one has it right.
Lots of strong skins on the top ten this week, but we can only have one favorite. And it is the Dodo pickaxe, by Badtrip.
Defender is an awesome new armor set by LittleRanger. It includes a road sign kilt, coffee can helmet, and this here road sign vest. It's a collection of well arranged and recognizable junk, from gears to wire mesh and leather straps. Brass sun rays and mean, toothy smiles highlight the red background, and everything's got a mild softness particular to LittleRanger's work.This is excellent clan armor that will help you look more like gallant knights than scruffy bandits while staying Rusty.
It seems that glaring eyes and shark (or animal) mouths are IN this week, and artists xINFERNO and Moonfighter made sure to stick with all the cool kids. The Rebellion's got all the good stuff--a shark mouth, an anarchy symbol, victim count, and several illiterate but enthusiastic slogans scrawled across the body of the gun.
The placement of the eye and mouth, plus the painted barrel sight give the gun a decidedly canine expression when viewed from the side. A dog with a bad cold, perhaps, but definitely a dog.
The ace of spades is also in this week, and new workshop artist Badaxe puts it to use in his dark, grim Death in Spades AK-47. It looks like military salvage, old but untouched from whatever army first issued the gun, except for the ace of spades stamped on the back, which you'll see every time you take aim.
Colors are subdued but effective, while detail and technicals are strong. Hope to see more of this promising artist in the coming weeks and months!
StabbyMcStabFace also didn't want to get left out, so he went all in with both a shark mouth and an ace of spaces. The Full Metal Hatchet is a highly Rusty tool with a ferocious shark mouth on the blade and a demonic ace of spades drawn on the back. The grip is rough metal, and the upper handle is camo paint wrapped in barbed wire--a gritty soldier's tool.
A tool for tough soldiers, but not smart ones. Wrap the handle in barbed wire and replace the rubber grip with rough metal mesh?! Try swinging that for a few hours. Good thing this is a video game...
And now for something completely different. A stone pick axe with a Dodo bird face painted and built out of the blade. The beak's blue and the feathers red. Beady eyes face forward, giving the bird an angry or very intent expression. It hates rocks.
This is one of the more creative skins we've seen in awhile, and it comes with Badtrip's characteristic quality and attention to detail. Check out the back of the handle. There's a yellow strip of metal screwed into the back. Every screw is different, a tiny detail that makes the skin seem much more realistic Subtle touches like that really make the skin stand out. Excellent work!
Shark mouth! Actually, it's got tusks, so...walrus mouth? Wild boar? We can't decide. Whatever it is, it looks disgruntled, and big, and ready to bite off someone's head. Or blow it off, as it were.
The rest of the gun is painted army green, with all the fine details you would expect these workshop veterans, like the riveted steel plates, fine scratches, and cute little explosion stars at the back of the gun. Interestingly, you don't see all the lower jaw of the whopper beast, but the roof of its mouth is painted to the bottom of the gun.
By T.O.N.Y.A.E.R. and OdisseySuper
La Crampe continues to extend his popular Aztec series of skins, this week offering the Aztec God hammer. It's got a jade head wrapped in metal and studded leathers with light patterned carvings running down the handle. The faces of two gods are stamped on either end of the hammer.
The expressions are priceless. One god looks a little dazed, while the other stares back at you in accusation or outrage, clearly very angry. Can't really blame them--if someone smashed your face into rocks all day long, you'd be dazed and outraged, too.
Tribal mask? Kinda looks like an Evil Knievel mask to us. Then again, if you compare the behavior of many sports fans to that of savages past and present, it's hard to tell the difference, so maybe the name's a good fit.
The mask has some intricate stitching, with heavy metal staples in the front, tighter cloth stitches on the cap, and a long column of brass ties running over the middle of the cap to the back. Another fine Badtrip skin, just the thing for daredevil acts of courage and craziness. If only we had a few buses to jump!
This is an...old mirror door with gold elements. In the game, it is a sheet metal door with a wood veneer, a slightly tacky old door that you might find on the homes of aging movie stars or certain California motels with hourly rates. Colors and style are deliciously out of date, all the better for a game called Rust.
A furnace along the lines of last week's Aztec furnace by La Crampe, but much more direct. It's a gaping maw of fire with glaring eyes, the sides riveted metal plates and the base in bricks. The face wears a crooked iron crown and it looks pissed off.
Why so angry? Who can say, but there is some black goop coming from the furnace and running down the base bricks. Doesn't look comfortable...
Vitalik produced four slightly different versions of this skin, each more furious than the last. the image you see here is the angriest version ("Very Angry"), which we figured people would like best.